Fincantieri has officially started its activities within the project SEA Defense, selected in the European Defense Development Program (EDIDP 2019) started last December.
The EDIDP, precursor of the European Defense Fund, aims to strengthen the European defense technological and industrial base, as well as to increase the EU's technological leadership and strategic autonomy.
SEA Defense is aimed at defining a technology development roadmap to be included in the next generation of naval platforms and to be pursued in further European development programs, and is supported by the participating EU Member States, coordinated by the Dutch Ministry of Defense. The support of member states is essential to ensure that the results lead to the effective development of potentials capable of effectively supporting European naval forces against possible future threats.
The "Grant Agreement" with a total value of about 14 million euros that finances the project was recently signed by the European Commission, marking an important step in European naval cooperation. SEA Defense is a collaboration of SEA Naval, a working group of SEA Europe (European Shipyards and Equipment Association) dedicated to military shipping, which includes Damen, Fincantieri, supported by the subsidiaries Cetena and Seastema as a "linked third party", Naval Group , Navantia, SAAB Kockums, Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, Lürssen Defense, TNO, MARIN, Odense Maritime Technology, CTN.